Dylan Wood (US) + Achim Menges (DE)

Autonomous Timber Structures

August 12th – August 18th 2018

The Workshop

The workshop “Autonomous Timber Structures” will introduce participants to the concept of material robotics and self-forming constructions. The goal is to explore new types of structures and skins that work elegantly and intelligently with the forces of nature by employing ‘smart’ materials in place of heavy energy intensive construction machinery and building equipment. Students will design, craft, and choreography the behavior of prototypes using stimulus driven shape-changing and accesible building materials such as wood.

The workshop will run in parallel to the construction of a first of its kind self-forming timber gridshell developed by the ICD with participants developing 1:1 prototypes for the responsive skin of the shell structure.